Category Archives: Commercial Industrial & Vintage Office

MACHINE AGE ROLODEX

THIS HUGE VINTAGE ZEPHYR ROLODEX WITH COVER LOOKS LIKE IT WAS BUILT TO WITHSTAND AN ATOMIC BLAST. HEAVY, RIGID STEEL SHELL HAS A SANDY-TEXTURED MACHINE AGE PUTTY BROWN COATING. CHUNKY PLASTIC KNOBS TURN THE CARDHOLDER WITH A PLEASANT CLICK-CLICK-CLICK SOUND. FITS STANDARD X ROLODEX CARDS (NO CARDS INCLUDED, CARDS SHOWN ARE FOR DISPLAY. THEY'RE ALREADY USED, ANYWAY). THE UNIT IS EXTREMELY CLEAN WITH NO DUST OR GRIME AND ONLY A FEW MINOR SCUFFS AND SPOTS ON THE SHELL AND MEASURES 13 INCHES X 12.5 INCHES X 7 INCHES.

will this is one of the strangest Rolodexes I have ever seen.  It looks like it's made out of steel and looks like he could bite the hand, however it does seem that all of the contact information that you put in this machine age Rolodex will survive any and everything this vintage Rolodex looks like it could survive a hurricane and earthquake and falling off of the very tall building.  You can see that we have located several retro Rolodexes that you can purchase today.  This is a great item for someone with a large office who is looking for a conversation piece for their business desk also, since all of our contact information is now stored on computers having a overly large  Rolodex is a pretty fun way to save all of your important contact information and business cards.

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Panasonic BH-752 Electric Letter Opener

Panasonic BH-752 Electric Letter Opener

The Panasonic BH-752 Automatic Electric Letter Opener

This Panasonic model BH-752 electric letter opener is quiet, automatically feeds the envelope through, cuts perfectly smooth edges, and works with any size envelope. Rubber suction cup feet keep it held securely (very securely!) To any smooth surface. Yet another great vintage office accessory we are fans of, the Panasonic BH-752 electric letter opener measures 10 3/8 inches x 8 1/4 inches x 4 3/4 inches. This is a vintage model from the late 1970s, with a non-polarized plug. Panasonic no longer manufacturers these wonderful little marvels of “modern” office technology, but vintage used and “new old stock” electric letter openers can be found below.

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GREEN LED BRADFORD VINTAGE CALCULATOR

bradford vintage calculator

This odd 1970's vintage calculator is from Bradford, possibly a Radio Shack / Lafayette Electronics-type company who imported quality electronics from Japanese companies and re-branded them with their own name. The Bradford 8DPS digital calculator has a bright green display, classic brushed aluminum keypad, 2-tone gray color scheme, and hard shell carrying case. It is in excellent, barely used condition and is complete with instruction book. There are a couple of very faint rubbed spots on the chrome-color frame surrounding the green display, otherwise it is in beautiful cosmetic condition. Keypad and all functions work perfectly. The Bradford measures 5 5/8 inches x 3 inches.

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VINTAGE CALCULATORS

lloyds electronics vintage calculator

This neat little Lloyd's Electronics Accumatic 501 vintage calculator has a classic retro red LED display and includes the original box. The taupe-color electronic calculator is in excellent cosmetic condition, looks barely used and is in perfect working order. The 9V battery connector appears to have been repaired, but works perfectly with no glitches. The calculator can also be powered using your own universal or 9V AC adapter. Basic operating instructions are located on the back of the calculator. It measures 5.25 inches x 2.75 inches x .75 inch.  Come back for the best electric gamesin the free world. 

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APPLE MACINTOSH PLUS COMPUTER

macintosh plus

This warm gray platinum color vintage Apple Macintosh Plus is from May of 1987, still works great and is complete with additional software titles and extras.

The original retail price for this complete Macintosh Plus package was $2,599.00...that's over $5,000.00 today by inflation standards!

The Macintosh Plus, grandchild to the original 128k Apple Macintosh, has a "blazing fast" 1MB of memory and is upgradable to a whopping 4MB! PC World listed the Macintosh Plus at number 4 on its list of top 25 personal computers of all time, and it was the longest selling Apple computer, staying on the market for over 5 years. This particular system is in excellent condition. Included is everything listed in the original packing slip (save for the keyboard cable, which is a brand new replacement...thank you eBay!). Along with the processor unit with built-in 9" screen and power cord, the set includes the keyboard with phone handset-style cord, mouse controller, SCSI 3.5" external floppy drive, System Tools disk, Macintosh Tour disk, Utilities disk with instruction manual, full-length Macintosh Plus user manual with separate quick-start guide, warranty card, packing slip and advertisements/brochures. In addition, this Macintosh Plus includes the original Mac Paint software (100% complete in box with sealed instruction manual!), Mac Write software with instruction manual, and an Apple software sampler disk. There are also some non-original disk software copies, including Mac Draw, Super Paint, Cricket Graph, and, last, but not least, the action-packed video game classic Dark Castle, which was made available in just about every computer and game console format in the mid '80s. Disks are stored in a handy Disk File 3 with custom Apple logo sticker. An Apple ImageWriter printer was purchased later, but was lost sometime after storing the computer away. The original instruction manual, power cord, and attachment cord still remain and will be included just for fun. Finally, there are a series of disks that may or may not have data on them. We don't know which program opens them, and the error message just calls them unreadable and gives an option to format them. Two of them are labeled Entertainment Games Disk 1 and 2, so I was especially disappointed to see this error message when I inserted them (someone with a bit more knowledge or free time than me should be able to figure it out). The rest of the software has been individually tested and is all working perfectly (there are plenty of actual screenshots below). Cosmetically, this Macintosh Plus is in beautiful, museum quality condition. There are a couple of faint scuffs here and there, but nothing at all that detracts from the appearance. There is only one real flaw with the entire system...the battery compartment. The rear of the unit has a small compartment that, when opened for the first time in 25 years, revealed a gross 4.5v battery. You may wonder, as I did, why in the world is there a battery in the first place? Well, it powers the internal clock (!), but probably not now, because the one terminal is corroded and the other terminal snapped off with when the battery was removed. It in no way affects the performance of the computer, but, if desired, someone with intermediate electrical skills should be able to fix it. This Macintosh Plus is surprisingly fast, familiar and easy to use and a fun way to get back to your computing roots! This model is now sold, but other working Macintosh Plus computers can be found on eBay!

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Remington Typewriter Pre-War

remington typewriter

This beautiful Pre-War Remington typewriter is complete with its original hardshell carrying case. Manufactured in the late 1930's, it has quintessential Machine Age Art Deco style with graphic lettering and textured wrinkle flat black finish. Cosmetically, the Remington Typewriter is in excellent condition, with only a few scratches on the glossy metal frame just under the space bar. The rubber pieces on the feed roll bar each have a flat spot where they rested against the carriage for decades. It does occasionally affect smooth rolling of the carriage and paper. Otherwise, all functions are working smoothly. There's even an old ribbon intact that still has a bit of life left in it. Replacing those little rubber rollers should have this thing working as good as it did 70 years ago. The Deluxe Noiseless measures 11 1/8 inches x 10 3/8 inches x 5 inches.

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PALLIARD HERMES ROCKET PORTABLE VINTAGE TYPEWRITER

hermes rocket typewriter

This Machine Age Paillard Hermes Rocket vintage typewriter has a few miles on it, but is still in excellent working condition. There's even a used ribbon inside that still works, so you can start typing right out of the box (new replacement ribbon spools are available on eBay and elsewhere). The matching hardshell cover snaps on securely and has a retractable bakelite and aluminum handle. A compact travel-size typewriter, it has a nice, full-size keyboard with a slimline minimalist body that keeps the weight and dimensions low. Its a wonderful little piece of machinery from Switzerland, and makes a fun and interesting replacement word processor for your current laptop computer. One of the two feet on the outer cover is missing (see last photo). No other parts missing or damaged. The typewriter (with cover intact) measures 11.25 inches x 11.25 inches x 2.5 inches.

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Machine Age Globe Wernicke Clipboards

globe wernicke clipboard

Globe Wernicke Clipboards

This Machine Age Globe Wernicke clipboard holds legal size paper and has a lovely wooden plank made of alternating light and dark wood strips. The classic Globe Wernicke logo appears on the metal base. This vintage clipboard was well-used, but, considering its age, is still in very good condition. The wood shows interesting characteristics from its years of prior use. There are a few spots of mild rust/corrosion on the metal pieces, which is pretty much always the case with these models, but the clip spring mechanism still works very smoothly (a testament to its rugged engineering). Globe Wernicke clipboards, like their rugged office furniture and iconic glass front lawyer's / barrister's bookcases, stand the test of time and decades of heavy use. They remain very sturdy and perfect for everyday use...a beautiful piece of American-made art that makes your mundane day to day office work just a little more tolerable. This particular legal size model Globe Wernicke clipboard measures 9 inches x 17 inches. Sorry, but this one sold...and fast. I spent a little time on it, polishing the metal and oiling the wood surface with superfine steel wool. I have to say that it looked better than any I had seen on eBay. Fortunately, you can find an affordable Globe Wernicke clipboard on eBay polish it up in no time to look as good as this one. Check below if you are interested buying one of these amazing pieces of American history.

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KAYPRO II CP/M COMPUTER with MANUALS SOFTWARE PRINTER ETC.

kaypro II portable computer

Following the Osborn I, the Kaypro II was the world's second portable computer, manufactured in 1982 by Non Linear Systems. It used a CP/M 2.2 operating system (and loyally continued to use it long after all the other manufacturers went DOS). The Kaypro II was actually the first computer released by Kaypro, and was given the "II" because of the current popularity of the Apple II...ridiculous, but true. It is technically a "portable" computer meant to be carried around like a suitcase, and after the first laptop was released, this fell into a new category called "luggable". It quickly crushed the competition upon its release, but was, in turn crushed by the IBM PC and the Mac, and finally dissolved completely in 1992. The Kaypro II really is a piece of computing history.

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